How has learning and adapting helped your process? It has helped me to learn more about what a mentally healthy community looks like.
What important knowledge do you carry forward? I really liked learning about the 5-D model. My big take away was that it is a process and that you can find yourself in different stages at different times. I think it will be a great resource to bring to the table.
How will this better help you to support your community in your role as an animator? It will help by engaging others in the community and everyone will be a part of the process.
Stettler is a small rural community located in the “heart” of Alberta. Our local economy is mainly supported by the agriculture and oil & gas industries. Stettlerites are very community minded and always seem to rise to the challenge when a member or family in our community have fallen on hard times people ban together to support them.
Stettler has a similar demographic to Ridgeview. The 2016 Census showed a population of 5952 in the town of Stettler. We have 8 surrounding communities that access amities and recourses in our community. With the economic downturn small business have had to close their doors, leaving a high vacancy rate in our downtown core.
Alberta Prairie Steam Tours was a huge tourist attraction to our small rural community. Due to COVID the train has not been able to operate. This has negatively affected the tourism and hospitality industry in Stettler, that had already been hit hard with the COVID restrictions. The unemployment rate has also increased due to the closures. We have limited job opportunities and our residents are having to move away or commute away to find employment in a larger center such as Red Deer.
My name is Andrea Lee, and I’m the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Stettler & District FCSS. I was born and raised on a farm in the County of Stettler and my roots are strong here. I’m excited about becoming a community animator, because I believe that starting a community conversation regarding mental health couldn’t come at a better time. I look forward to collaborating and connecting with other agencies and joining together to come up with strategies and solutions to improve the overall mental health of our community.
I started by reaching out to community members and organizations and initiating a conversation about mental wellness. So far I have received a positive response and people are excited about creating a wellness team.